Mastermind Toys appoints special advisor

Scott Nygaard has joined Canada’s largest specialist toy and children’s books retailer Mastermind Toys in the newly created role of special advisor to the board of directors and CEO.

In this role, Nygaard will provide strategic and sustainable business recommendations and assist in the implementation of new practices across multiple business units: purchasing, product procurement, vendor relations, and merchandising. He will report directly to Mastermind Toys Co-Founder and CEO Jon Levy and to the company’s board of directors.

With over two decades experience in leadership roles at Target Corporation, Nygaard has proved himself an innovative retail executive.

As senior VP merchandising, Nygaard, oversaw hundreds of employees in merchandising and merchandising operations, and was responsible for over $10B in revenue across four business units including Toys.

“With a remarkable track record, Scott brings a wealth of US retail, merchandising and vendor relations expertise to Mastermind Toys, plus a deep understanding of the current retail landscape,” said Jon Levy, chief toy merchant, co-founder and CEO, Mastermind Toys. “He will add a fresh new perspective to our senior executive team and to our Board of Directors.”

“Scott joins us at a critical time in our growth trajectory and will help guide our retail and overall business expansion while helping to introduce best-in-class processes across the company,” added Levy. “He will be an invaluable asset to Mastermind Toys as we continue to grow our business.”

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of ToyNews and its sister title, Licensing.biz. He has worked his way from Staff Writer to Editor across the two titles, having spent almost eight years with both and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobGHutchins if ranting is your thing...

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